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Provisional Readings in the History of the - RUSTUM, A. J., & C. K. Zurayk (eds. - 1940. 
Beirut: American Press, 1940 - Octavo (240 x 164 mm). Original printed wrappers. Very lightly sunned along spine and extremities, lower outer corner of front wrapper slightly curled, rear wrapper with a shallow chip to upper outer corner and few very small marks. A very good copy. Presentation copy of the second, greatly expanded edition, inscribed by the editor "To my friend Mr William Witman, with my best compliments, AJ Rustum" on the title page, next to the ink-stamp of the American Legation, Beirut, dated 2 April 1943. William Witman II (1914-1978) was an American diplomat who served as vice-consul in Beirut from 1939 to 1944. During the French mandate period Asad Rustum established himself as one of two "leading national historians of Lebanon" alongside his compatriot Fouad Afram al-Boustani, with whom he collaborated on a series of textbooks entitled Ta'rikh Lubnan (Kaufman, Reviving Phoenician: The Search for Identity in Lebanon, p. 117). Constanin Zurayk was a highly influential Lebanese historian and theoretician of Arab nationalism who is credited with first using the term "nakbah" for the Palestinian exodus of 1948. The first edition, published in 1934 as Provisional Readings in the Medieval History of the Near East, was edited solely by Zurayk continued only as far as the Crusades. The present edition adds chapters on the Mamluks, the Arabs in Spain, and the modern history of the Middle East. Contributions include essays by "the celebrated orientalists and historians such as Arnold, De Goeje, Gibb, Hell, Hitti, Lammens, Nicholson, Noeldeke, Philips, Zaydan and others who have done so much to build Arabic history on a firm basis of scholarship" (Foreword). Scarce: just one copy traced in British and Irish libraries (Durham). [Attributes: Signed Copy]
[Bookseller: Peter Harrington. ABA member]
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